Healthy raspberry banana smoothie!

Thick, delicious, healthy smoothie! Perfect to start out your new years health goal!

Start out your new years healthy eating goal out with this amazing smoothie!Happy New Years! Have you set any goals yet? One of mine is to eat more healthy. You too? Smoothies are one of the best ways to stay healthy, 1. Because they have tons of fruits and veggies and, 2. They taste great and you end up drinking them all the time! Win, win right? 

I’ve created this wonderful raspberry banana smoothie to help you eat better! Ive also decided to make a section on my blog called healthy tidbits where I’ll be posting healthy recipes to get you to your goal! This raspberry-banana smoothie is the first one going in!

Start your new years healthy eating goal out with this amazing smoothie!Have you guys set anymore goals? Here’s my list:

  • Eat more healthy.

Everything we eat seems unhealthy! Every day were supposed to eat 5 servings of fruits and veggies (though I doubt anyone does) I just want to try to eat more good food and eat out less, even though it tastes so good. 🙁

  • Blog post more.

I’ve gotten pretty bad at posting consistently lately and would like to improve that. I only post once a week sometimes less! I’m making a goal to post at least once or more a week, so you will be hearing from me more!

  • Improve my photography.

Since starting my blog in February I have seriously improved my photography, but I want to keep improving, get as good as it gets!

  • Get better at food science.

I want to get better at food science. I’ve learned the basics but I want to get to where I’m know everything there is to know.

  • Finish room redo.

My room redo has been going on for quite some time. I’m getting pretty close now though! Just a few more little things!

Plus a couple more. What are your goals for 2017?

Start your new years healthy eating goal out with this amazing smoothie!So this smoothie is made up of a few simple ingredients.

  • Raspberries 
  • A banana 
  • Milk
  • A tiny bit of sugar (optional)
  • Ice cubes

To make it, just stick everything in your blender, I use a Vitamix. (We’ve had our Vitamix for years and it’s still going strong! I absolutely love it!) And blend it!

Start out your new years healthy eating goal out with this amazing smoothie!

Healthy raspberry-banana smoothie
Serves 2
Thick, delicious, healthy smoothie! Perfect to start out your new years health goal!
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup frozen or fresh raspberries
  2. 1 banana
  3. 1 cup milk
  4. 1 teaspoon sugar (optional)
  5. 5-7 ice cubes
Instructions
  1. Place everything in your blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Add ice cubes. Blend until smooth.
  3. Serve immediately.
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Starlight peanut butter cake with vanilla buttercream frosting

Ok, I am SO sorry about lately! I have not posted in like two weeks! Luckily I had a guest post from gracefully baking, which really helped! But still… I really should be posting more! Some of the reasons I wasn’t posting was, first, we went on a trip, we left Thursday, June second, drove for six hours, stayed until that following Saturday, and drove another six hours on Sunday to get home. Then I had to unpack, wash everything, and repack for girls camp the next day! So, Monday I left for girls camp, and came home that Thursday! I know! Crazy! I wasn’t home for about 8 days straight, plus I hardly got any sleep the whole time! (at girls camp we never get to sleep on time, one night we stayed up till’ around 3:00 am! 🙂 ) But I have been dying to share this recipe with you!Delicious Starlight peanut butter cake with vanilla buttercream frosting!

So in the beginning I was planning on getting all the posts ready and setting them to automatically post on the right days, but… it was kinda crazy and I didn’t get time. I also had to bring all my own food (since I have to do the FODMAP diet 🙁 ), so Sunday we had to get all of that ready too! I made a lot of it, including a really yummy gluten free banana bread recipe I’ll share with you soon! Delicious Starlight peanut butter cake with vanilla buttercream frosting!

I found this recipe in a Betty Crocker cake book I bought and HAD to try it! So, I made this cake for my little newborn cousin marigold (well, more for her mom 🙂 ) My first attempt failed, so the next day I retried and it turned out perfect! So perfect that I decided to share it with you! 
Delicious Starlight peanut butter cake with vanilla buttercream frosting!

 

This is a DELICIOUS cake! And if you don’t like peanut butter, substitute butter for the peanut butter!

Starlight peanut butter cake with vanilla buttercream frosting
Delicious, moist starlight peanut butter cake, completed with sweet vanilla buttercream frosting.
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For the cake
  1. 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1 1/2 cups sugar
  3. 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  4. 1 teaspoon salt
  5. 1/2 cup peanut butter
  6. 1 1/4 cups milk
  7. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  8. 3 eggs
For the frosting
  1. 3 cups powdered sugar
  2. 1/3 cup butter, softened
  3. 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  4. 1 to 2 tablespoons milk
For the cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Grease bottoms and sides of two 9-inch round cake pans with butter, lightly flour.
  3. In a large bowl (or mixer) beat together all cake ingredients on low speed for 30 seconds, constantly scraping bowl. Beat on high speed for 3 minutes occasionally scraping bowl.
  4. Pour into pans.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean and cake springs back when touched lightly.
  6. Cool 10 minutes, then remove from pans and let cool completely (about 1 hour)
For the frosting
  1. In a large bowl or mixer, mix together butter and powdered sugar, until well blended.
  2. Stir in vanilla and one tablespoon of milk.
  3. Slowly beat in remaining milk, just long enough to make it smooth and spreadable.
To frost
  1. Place one of the layers round side down.
  2. Spread 1/3 to 1/2 cup frosting on the top staying about 1/4 inch away from edge.
  3. Place second cake layer on top of the first, round side up. Spread a thin layer around the edge of the cake.
  4. Frost the side of the cake in swirls, make a rim above the top, about 1/4 inch, spread that rim across the top.
  5. Using a frosting bag make rosettes along the edge. (optional)
Notes
  1. If the frosting is to thin add a little extra powdered sugar, if it is to thick add a couple drops of milk.
  2. If needed, double the frosting recipe.
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 Ok, really quick, let’s talk about the organization posts I’ve been telling you about for the last month and a half, I promise, their coming, it’s just taking a lot longer than I expected! I still need to find a few things, like a cute desk and bedside table that I can fix up and paint white (because I can’t spend a fortune on new ones 😉 ) and I need to buy a couple more little baskets/tubs and hang up the rest of the decor I have. 🙂 But still, I can’t wait to share them with you!!

Cinnamon Brown Sugar Blueberry Scones (Guest Post)

Moist and buttery, with a hint of cinnamon and brown sugar, these blueberry scones are hard to beat, especially when drizzled with a creamy vanilla cinnamon glaze.

Moist and buttery, with a hint of cinnamon and brown sugar, these blueberry scones are hard to beat, especially when drizzled with a creamy vanilla cinnamon glaze.

Hi! I’m Grace, food blogger on Gracefully Baking, and I’m excited to be with you today! I found Gracie’s site through Pinterest (it’s awesome, isn’t it!?) and I’ve been reading her blog ever since. So anyway, on to the food!

Moist and buttery, with a hint of cinnamon and brown sugar, these blueberry scones are hard to beat, especially when drizzled with a creamy vanilla cinnamon glaze.

Today I’m bringing you the best recipe for one of my favorite breakfast foods: scones. Scones are easier to make then you might think. The process is kind of like making pie crust, but it’s super easy, I promise.

The most important part is keeping your ingredients COLD, because the butter melts in the oven, and that’s what make these so nice and flaky. If the butter melts when you’re making them, they become tough and dense. Also, do not over-mix the dough. Fold it together only enough to distribute the berries and combine the liquid and dry ingredients. If you keep these things in mind, you can’t help but succeed!

Here’s how you make them:

Cut butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs. Then, you pour in the liquid mixture and fold it all together. After you turn it out onto a floured surface, shape it into an 8″ disc and cut into wedges. Then all that’s left is to bake and devour!

Moist and buttery, with a hint of cinnamon and brown sugar, these blueberry scones are hard to beat, especially when drizzled with a creamy vanilla cinnamon glaze.

Paired with a cup of coffee, these make the perfect breakfast.


Cinnamon Brown Sugar Blueberry Scones
Serves 8
Moist and buttery, with a hint of cinnamon and brown sugar, these blueberry scones are hard to beat, especially when drizzled with a creamy vanilla cinnamon glaze.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
For the Scones
  1. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1/2 cup brown sugar sugar, packed
  3. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  4. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 1/2 cup (1 stick) frozen butter
  7. 6 tablespoons heavy cream or whole milk
  8. 1 large egg
  9. 1 heaping cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
For the Glaze
  1. 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
  2. 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  3. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  4. 2 tablespoons heavy cream or whole milk
For the Scones
  1. Preheat oven to 400° F (204° C). Line two 9 x 13" baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Using a pastry cutter, cut the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the heavy cream and egg until combined. Pour into the crumb mixture and gently mix using a rubber spatula until a sticky dough forms. Be very careful not to overmix, as that will make the scones tough.
  4. Gently fold in the blueberries until they are incorporated completely throughout the dough. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and form into a 8" disc. Cut into eight sections. Separate them and put 4 scones on each baking sheet, about an inch apart, to prevent excessive spreading.
  5. Bake for 13-18 minutes, until the tops are golden brown and the scones are cooked through. Let cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes, and then transfer to a cooling rack. While they are baking, make the glaze.
For the Glaze
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the confectioners sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, and heavy cream until combined. Drizzle over the scones using a piping bag, a plastic bag with a corner snipped off, or the prongs of a fork.
Storing
  1. Scones keep well at room temperature for up to one day, in an airtight container for up to 1 week, and in the freezer for up to 2 months.
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Orange creamsicle sugar scrub

Hey guys! So… how many of you LOVE sugar scrubs. I haven’t tried them very much but when I was making these I got some on my hands. Oh so soft! What I love about this one is that it doesn’t HAVE to be Orange Creamsicle. You can make it any flavor you like! I did one Orange Creamsicle and one grapefruit. This is the best sugar scrub! (I’ll cover how to do that below) Also *hint, hint this would be a great mothers day gift!Orange creamsicle sugar scrub

For an 8 oz mason jar:

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8-10 drops orange essential oil

Steps:

  1. Melt the coconut oil in the microwave for a few seconds. (If you are wanting to make more than one jar just melt a big chunk and then scoop 1/4 cup into your jar)
  2. Place into your jar.
  3. Add the orange essential oil and vanilla extract.
  4. Stir in sugar 1/4 cup at a time.
  5. Put lid on and fancy it up with some ribbon!

*NOTE: If you want it to be grapefruit or any other kind add 6-10 drops of that essential oil. AND if you use citris oils (lemon, lime, grapefruit ect.) it;s best not to go outside after using this.

This recipe has been adapted from: thegunnysack.com

Enjoy!

10 free HAPPY printables!

Sorry I haven’t posted for a while, I’m trying to get a consistent posting schedule but I need to figure out which days are best. 🙂 So I was on Pinterest and saw a ton of cute free printable quotes so I wanted to share my favorites! I’m kinda trying to go for cute springy summery happy printables! You can print them all off for free!flowers-desk-office-vintage

Hello-Spring-Printable-mommylikewhoa.com_1                                            1. Hello Spring! Find this one at: lifeasmama.comlds general conference printables free download uchtdorf quote_thumb[1]                                           2. Dieter F. Uchtdorf quote. Head on over to alexamariezurcher.com for it!lds general conference printables thomas s monson_thumb[1]                                              3. Another one from alexamariezurcher.com!popcicles                                                       4. Cute Popsicles! Go to remodelaholic.com!Live-Life-Colorfully-New-Years-Resolutions-Wit-Wander-for-By-Dawn-Nicole-Mock-Up-copy                               5. Live life colorfully! Find this at bydawnnicole.comBlog-2-1024x813                              6. Hello Sunshine! This one is from eighteen25.comHellospringPrintable                                                      7. Another Hello Spring get this at asparkleofgenius.comSpringFreePrintables                                           8. Lots of happy! Find these at fabnfree.comharry-potter-quote-free-printable                                                            9. Happiness can be found even in the darkest times. This ones at thekiwiintheclouds.comThe-Most-Important-Work-Preview-2                                                            10. Last one by Harold B. Lee! head over to keylimedigitaldesigns.com

I can’t choose which one is my favorite….Can you?